The Throne Room and the Scroll: Revelation 4:1- 5:14

The Throne Room

Revelation 4:1 “After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven. And the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me, saying, “Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this.””

The first thing to notice is that John sees an open door in heaven which means he has access to see what goes on in heaven and that all people have access to heaven. The voice is probably Christ as He said in His message to the seven churches that some had an open door to Him.

Revelation 4:2-5 “Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne set in heaven, and One sat on the throne. And He who sat there was like a jasper and a sardius stone in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne, in appearance like an emerald. Around the throne were twenty-four thrones, and on the thrones I saw twenty-four elders sitting, clothed in white robes; and they had crowns of gold on their heads. And from the throne proceeded lightnings, thunderings, and voices. Seven lamps of fire were burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.”

John is immediately taken in the spirit to the throne room of God. God is described as being like jasper and a sardius stone in appearance. Jasper is a beautiful crystal and the most common types are mostly red, but there are many different kinds of jasper. Jasper is known metaphysically as a stone of gentleness, comfort, and relaxation. When its protective energies are also considered, it's no wonder jasper is sometimes called the "nurturing stone."1 Jasper is named as the 12th stone in Aaron’s breastpiece and the 6th foundation stone of the New Jerusalem. The sardius stone is more commonly known as Carnelian. Carnelian is a translucent, hard, fine-grained variety of orangish red quartz that has often been used for ring stones and wax seals. Sardius is the 6th stone of the New Jerusalem (Revelation 21:20). The stones are often a combination of different colours; red, orange, white and even black. 2 John tell us that there was a rainbow around the throne which represents God’s promise to the world that he would never again destroy the earth with a flood, and it also tells us that light emanates from God which we read in many places in the Bible. And the appearance of the rainbow is that of an emerald. We are told there are twenty-four thrones for the twenty-four elders who sit around the throne of God and each of the elders has a crown of gold. There are seven lamps of fire burning before the throne which represent the seven spirits of God.

Revelation 4:6-8 “Before the throne there was a sea of glass, like crystal. And in the midst of the throne, and around the throne, were four living creatures full of eyes in front and in back. The first living creature was like a lion, the second living creature like a calf, the third living creature had a face like a man, and the fourth living creature was like a flying eagle. The four living creatures, each having six wings, were full of eyes around and within. And they do not rest day or night, saying: “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, Who was and is and is to come!””

The sea of glass like crystal is where the great multitude will gather at the end of days (Revelation 7). The four living creatures were also mentioned by Ezekiel when he had a vision of God’s throne. The first living creature is like a lion, the second living creature is like a calf, the third has a face of a man, and the fourth is like a flying eagle.

Ezekiel 1:10 “ As for the likeness of their faces, each had the face of a man; each of the four had the face of a lion on the right side, each of the four had the face of an ox on the left side, and each of the four had the face of an eagle. 

Ezekiel 10:14 “Each one had four faces: the first face was the face of a cherub, the second face the face of a man, the third the face of a lion, and the fourth the face of an eagle.”

When we compare the two descriptions given by Ezekiel with John’s description we find: a cherub has a calves face or an ox’s face, one has a face like a man, one as a face like a lion, and the other a face like an eagle. But the four may possess the faces of each other. They each have six wings; wings in prophecy usually represent speed and something under the protection of God. Because they have three sets of wings they are capable of incredible speed and they have the three-fold protection of God Almighty. They do not rest and they praise God day and night.

Revelation 4:9-11 “Whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, who lives forever and ever,       the twenty-four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne and worship Him who lives forever and ever, and cast their crowns before     the throne, saying: “You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and by Your will they exist and      were created.”

The twenty four elders also worship and praise God they cast their crowns before Him signifying that they recognize His authority because He created all living things including them. By God’s will we all exist if this were not so nothing would be alive and nothing including inanimate objects would exist.

The Scroll with Seven Seals

Revelation 5:1-5 “And I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a scroll written inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals. Then I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and to loose its seals?” And no one in heaven or on the earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll, or to look at it. So I wept much, because no one was found worthy to open and read the scroll, or to look at it. But one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals.””

The seven seals are seen in the right hand of God, but nobody in heaven is found worthy to open the scroll and unlock its seals. That is until Christ the promised Messiah prevailed on the cross and with His blood offering He was found to be worthy and He opened the scroll and unlocked the seven seals.

Revelation 5:6-7 “And I looked, and behold, in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as though it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent out into all the earth. Then He came and took the scroll out of the right hand of Him who sat on the throne.”

These two verses are quite remarkable. In the midst of the throne John sees a Lamb standing as though it had been slain. The Lamb is obviously Christ after He ascended to heaven. Christ seems to replace the seven lamps which were previously before the throne and they represented the seven spirits of God. Here we are told that the Lamb has seven horns and seven eyes which now represent the seven spirits of God which are sent out over all the earth. This is how God and His Christ can be in multiple places at the same time.

Revelation 5:8-10 “Now when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. And they sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll, and to open its seals; for You were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and have made us kings and priests to our God; and we shall reign on the earth.”

When Christ takes the scroll the twenty-four elders fall down and worship Him. If anyone doubted Christ’s divinity this verse tells us quite plainly that Christ is as worthy of worship as the Father. The twenty-four elders sing a new song praising Christ, because He gave His life and His blood for every tribe, tongue, people and nation on earth. And not only that, Christ is also credited with the elders receiving their thrones and their position in the heavenly sanctuary (which is invisible by the way having no walls or ceiling).

Revelation 5:11-14 “Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne, the living creatures, and the elders; and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice: “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength and honor and glory and blessing!” And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying: “Blessing and honor and glory and power be to Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, forever and ever!” Then the four living creatures said, “Amen!” And the twenty-four elders fell down and worshiped Him who lives forever and ever.”

All the angels in heaven then gather around the throne and praise Christ saying that he is worthy to receive everything which is usually held only for God the Father. Then everything in the whole creation worships and praises God and His Christ. The elders agree and they fall down and worship the Eternal God.

1. Jasper,, 2015
2. Stones of the Bible, Carnelian (sardius),, 2015